Bromeliad Plant Features
Bromeliads are bold, stylish houseplants that work especially well in contemporary, modern, and tropical decor styles. Bromeliads have colorful, long-lasting blooms (which last for weeks) that contrast beautifully against the strappy green leaves. You'll typically see them flower in shades of pink, red, orange, and yellow.
In addition to their exotic look, bromeliads also improve indoor air quality, helping clear air of indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde (which can be released by paint, gas-burning appliances, and clothing that has been dry cleaned).
Note: After the main flower on your bromeliad begins to fade, the mother plant will begin to decline. But you'll see baby bromeliads (called pups) developing around the base. Grow these out and enjoy more bromeliads!
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Bromeliad Growing Instructions
Indoors, most bromeliads grow best in medium or bright light. Some can take direct sun on their foliage, but others prefer the protection of a sheer curtain or translucent blinds if grown in a sunny window.
Water most bromeliads enough to keep them moist, but never wet or saturated. You'll find many bromeliads are drought tolerant and survive if you forget to water them from time to time.
Outdoors, bromeliad care depends on the type; some can handle full sun and others prefer shade.
Note: Bromeliads are not intended for human or animal consumption.
Indoors: High light
Indoors: Medium light
Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver, Variegated, White, Yellow
Medium water needs
Purifies the air
Super-easy to grow
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Guzmania is one of the most common bromeliads grown as a houseplant, and one of the most stunning. Its green leaves are topped by clusters of red, orange, yellow, purple, or white flowers.
Neoregelia bromeliads are grown more for their foliage than their flowers. Many feature new growth that comes out in bold tones of pink, red, purple, or orange.
Ornamental pineapples are fun bromeliads that have spidery leaves and miniature pineapples that develop on top of the flower spike after the flowers fade.
Pink quill is an eye-catching variety that has grassy, dark green leaves topped by a colorful hot pink structure that shows off cute, blue-purple flowers.
Urn bromeliad is an especially stunning variety that has silvery-green leaves topped by a pink flower cluster that shows off individual blue-purple flowers.
Variegated guzmania bromeliads are just as easy to grow as their plain-leafed cousins, but they have the additional excitement of white, cream, or yellow stripes running up their leaves.
Variegated neoregelia bromeliads feature colorful new growth, as well as stripes, speckles, or splashes along their leaves.
Vriesea bromeliads are exotic tropical houseplants that feature feather-like bloom structures. Many varieties have variegated foliage.